William Hill gains vital US knowledge via Gordon Wilson hiring

William Hill have announced a further strengthening of its US approach, with Gordon Wilson to take up a position on the firm’s board of directors, as an independent non-executive director, from January 2 next year.

The current President and CEO of Travelport Worldwide, Wilson is to become a member of the board’s corporate responsibility and nomination committees upon joining.

Roger Devlin, Chairman of William Hill, commented: “Gordon brings extensive experience of the development and use of proprietary technology and data at scale on a global basis.

“This, alongside his knowledge of the US market in particular, bring great value to William Hill, given our strategic priorities and focus on capturing the opportunity provided by sports betting regulation in the US.”

Travelport powers real time flight, hotel and car bookings for the global travel industry as well as providing mobile apps and technology services to airlines such as easyJet, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Delta.

The organisation is also the majority shareholder of travel payments provider eNett, of which Wilson also chairs, hailed as “the leading cross border international commercial payments business operating in the travel industry”.

Speaking of his new position Wilson stated: “It is a fascinating time to join the board of William Hill, and I look forward to bringing my experience to the table to play a part in the ongoing growth of the business.”

William Hill has also detailed that Sir Roy Gardner, senior independent non-executive director of the company, is to step down from the board of directors with effect from 20 November 2018, due to anticipated commitments.

Mark Brooker, currently non-executive director, is to step into the roll upon Gardner’s departure.

Devlin added:  “We thank Roy for his extensive contribution to William Hill since joining the board in 2014, a period which had substantial change. Most recently, Roy led the board’s process to appoint a new chairman.

“We also welcome Mark Brooker to the role of senior independent non-executive director, reflecting his significant input since joining the board in April 2017.”

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